7 Real Fruits That Start With U

While I would love to say that finding fruits starting with U is an easy task, that’s not the case, especially if you’re searching for real fruits.

Fruit is a byproduct of a plant according to botanical experts, they need to contain seeds and, in most cases, be consumed as food. 

Unfortunately, there aren’t any widely popular fruits that start with U, so we had to dig a little deeper and search for them in more exotic locations. 

So, what fruits start with U? In this article, we’ll cover 6 different unique fruits that start with U. 

Umbu

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Umbu fruit

Also known by its scientific name Spondias Tuberosa, Umbu is a fruit that is native to the Northeast part of Brazil, where it grows in the Caatinga, which is the largest dry forest region in South America.

It is a round fruit around 2-4 cm in size; it can be small as a cherry, or as large as a lemon. The flesh is soft and juicy, with a distinct flavor and aroma. The skin starts out green but it turns yellow as it matures. You can eat it fresh or turn it into jam or other sweetened preserves such as fruit cheese.

However, it seems that it’s mostly ideal for mixing with gooseberries or plums, and it is used in fruit juices, jams, or sorbets. 

The Umbu tree bears fruit once a year and can produce up to 300 kilos of fruit in a single harvest when it reaches maturity. Its robust root system can hold up to 3,000 liters of water in its tubers for several months. Umbu is actually the indigenous word for “tree that gives drink”, a fitting name.  

Whilst Umbu is not well-known beyond the Caatinga region in Brazil, in the last decade the Slow Food Foundation and the Austrian NGO, Horizon 3000, have supported a cooperative farming model and exported locally produced value-added products such as the Umbu fruit. Therefore, it’s gaining recognition.

Ugni Molinae

Ugni fruit
Ugni fruit

Ugni molinae, also commonly known as Chilean guava or strawberry myrtle, is a shrub native to Chile and adjacent regions of southern Argentina. Although it’s edible, it serves mostly an ornamental purpose due to its dense, forest green foliage, making it a wonderful addition to any garden.

It grows exquisitely fragrant tiny bell-shaped flowers during Spring, followed by deep-red fruits that reach full maturity in the Summer. Most people describe their flavor as strawberry-esque, and there are reportedly some companies that turn it into a delicious jam.

This fruit also gained some recognition in the UK because it was apparently Queen Victoria’s favorite fruit. In fact, some people in the UK still cultivate it as it seems to hold out pretty well:

If you don’t particularly like the fruit, you can also use its leaves to make a tea substitute. 

Ugli Fruit

ugli fruit
Ugli fruit

Ugli fruit, also known as a Jamaican tangelo or Uniq fruit, is a cross between a mandarin orange and a grapefruit, and it seems to be gaining popularity due to its novelty, sweet, citrusy flavor. “Ugli” is the brand name it was given because it plays into the fact the fruit is not particularly appetizing thanks to its wrinkled skin. 

The fruit has a light-green surface that turns orange when the fruit is at peak ripeness. It is slightly larger than a grapefruit and has fewer seeds, but that might vary with each harvest. The flesh is juicy and tends to be sweeter than a grapefruit, so it’s closer to a mandarin orange in terms of taste but not as sweet. 

Additionally, while the fruit isn’t as sweet as a common orange, it also doesn’t seem to be superior in terms of nutrients. For instance, one serving of ugli fruit (½ fruit, about 122 grams) contains about:

  • 45 calories
  • 11 grams carbohydrates
  • 1 gram protein
  • 2 grams fiber
  • 42 milligrams of vitamin C (70 percent DV)
  • 20 milligrams of calcium (2 percent DV)

It also contains incredible antioxidants (in addition to vitamin C) and other important nutrients but compared side to side with oranges (which are sweeter), you don’t get any further nutritional advantages by consuming the ugli fruit. Like most fruits, it’s still a healthy food to eat! 

Urava Fruit

urava fruit
Urava fruit

The scientific name of the Urava fruit tree is Sonneratia alba and it is widely grown in mangrove forests, also referred to as mangrove swamps or mangals, which are found in tropical and subtropical tidal areas. Urava fruits are also called mangrove apples or perepats. 

The Urava fruit looks like a little spherical hat, and it has very thick and rough skin that goes from light green to orange when fully ripe. The flesh appears like a cross between a citrus fruit and a fig. The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked like a vegetable and tastes similar to quince, so it could make a wonderful marmalade.

Srilankan people blend the pulp of Urava fruit with coconut milk to produce a delicious milkshake. Along with the fruits, the leaves of the Urava tree are also edible.

Ume Fruit

ume fruit
Ume fruit

Ume is a species of fruit-bearing tree in the genus Prunus, which is also known as Chinese plum, Japanese plum, and Japanese apricot. Ume is actually an alternative name that is less used. 

The ume producing tree is closely related to both plum and apricot trees, and although it’s referred to as a plum in English, it’s more closely related to the apricot. 

In East Asian cuisine (China, Japan, and Korea) and Vietnamese cuisine, the Ume fruit is to make juices, as a flavoring for alcohol, as a pickle, and also as an ingredient in sauces. It’s also been used as traditional medicine. 

The Ume fruit ripens in early summer, around June and July in East Asia, coinciding with their rainy season, which is perfect for this type of fruit. It is around 2-3 centimeters in diameter with a groove running from the stalk to the tip, and its skin turns yellow, sometimes with a red blush, as it ripens. 

Fun fact: In Japan, they produce a delicacy called Umeboshi, which is a popular pickle that is extremely sour and salty. However, sweet Umeboshi made with honey also exists. They’re usually served as a side dish for rice or eaten on rice balls for breakfast and lunch.

umeboshi
Umeboshi

As you can see, they’re Ume fruits that have been dried.

Usuma Fruit

usuma fruit

Usuma is the fruit of a large evergreen shrub native to Peru and Ecuador. It is a small orange/red fruit that is also called a peanut butter fruit because of how its taste is similar to peanut butter. 

The berries have more of an oval shape and have a dark-green skin that turns red when fully ripe. Apparently, Usuma is used to create jam, milkshake, juice, and smoothie due to its unique taste. 

Ububese Fruit

ububese

Ububese is the Ndebele name for fruit we would call African custard-apple in English.

In other words, it’s a fruit that you’re able to mostly find in countries like Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.

The scientific name of the tree that produces Ububese is Annona stenophylla subsp. nana, which is a small-sized shrub that can grow up to 60 and 100 centimeters.

The fruit itself is round or oval with a diameter of 1.7 to 3 centimeters and it can grow up to 4 centimeters long; it has a dark yellow network patterned surface that is akin to pineapple. The pulp of the Ububese fruit is both nutritious and sweet, and you’ll also find inside it several flat, brown, and oval-shaped seeds in them that have a caruncle at one end.

Native Africans eat the pulp raw or make juice out of it, but there are plenty of ways you can consume Ububese— although it’s pretty hard to find it in regular supermarkets. 

Alexandre Valente

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for more than five years! I've set up this blog because I'm really passionate about veganism and living a more eco-conscious life. Hopefully, I can use this website as a channel to help you out on your own journey!

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